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Is spring water safe to drink?


The spring that is north of town, on Burnt Mountain Road has been in use for many years, by locals and those from far away who would make the trip to Jasper just for the spring water.

By Paul Pugliese,

Ga. Extension Service


Question: Should we have the water we collect and drink from a popular roadside spring tested?

Answer: There are a number of roadside springs scattered throughout north Georgia that are popular among local residents. Many folks enjoy drinking “natural” spring water because it reportedly tastes better than municipal water sources.  The main difference in taste may be the presence of natural minerals such as calcium in the water and the lack of chlorination treatment. However, just because it tastes better doesn’t mean that it is safe to drink nor does it provide any perceived health benefits. In fact, quite the opposite is true since these spring water sources are not tested or treated.  

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Laying groundwork for Veterans Park

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Damon Howell / Photo

The future Veterans Memorial Park in Pickens County made headway Monday evening with Cub Scout pack #84 and Master Gardener Larry Brogdon sprucing up the area in Lee Newton Park. The Scouts used the opportunity to help the veterans and to log community service time. Representatives from local veterans groups North Ga. Mtn. Marine Corps League Detachment 1280, American Legion Post 149, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 47 were present to see the project move along. Plans are to have a stone memorial for each branch of the military with the names of those who gave their lives in combat, surrounded by sitting benches and a brick walkway. Jim Elrod of American Legion Post 149 said, “We did this to let everyone know we are going to do this project.” If you would like to donate to this project, call 706-253-0501 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A photo of the whole group can be seen on Page 7A in the print and online editions

Beaver’s biscuit makers win big Bojangles’ franchisee announces its Master Biscuit Maker winner


        The Bojangles’ made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuit, made hot and fresh every 20 minutes, is iconic across the Southeast. The biscuit is so important to Bojangles’ that each year, Bojangles’ franchisee Acorn Food Group hosts its own internal biscuit-making competition, the Master Biscuit Maker Challenge.

Acorn Food Group recently announced the winners of their Master Biscuit Maker Challenge:

·1st Place: Gabby Sosa, Towne Lake Bojangles’ (2072 Eagle Drive, Woodstock)

·2nd Place: Darryl Johnson, Hickory Flat Bojangles’ (3010 East Cherokee Drive, Canton)

·3rd Place: Marion Sykes, Canton Bojangles’ (1665 Ball Ground Highway, Canton)

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Supreme Court suppresses confession from man who beat girlfriend with golf club



            When a man goes on trial in Fulton County on charges that he brutally beat his girlfriend with a golf club, then stabbed her to death, the jury will hear nothing about the man’s videotaped confession to the crime.

Under a decision today, written by Justice Robert Benham, the Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld a lower court’s decision and ruled unanimously that the man’s statement was not “voluntary,” as the law requires, and it must therefore be suppressed.

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Ball Ground man charged in home invasion


Justin Pruitt

Justin Pruitt, 29, Ball Ground, was arrested at a hotel in Canton before sunrise on April 10 after warrants were put out for his arrest for a home invasion earlier this month. 

According to a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office incident report, officers were dispatched at approximately 4:24 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4 to Old Mill Road off Highway 20 in reference to an armed robbery attempt. The caller, Mitchell Lingerfelt, told officers Pruitt entered his home with another man and robbed the home with a shotgun. 

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